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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Outline of "Pilgrim's Progress," Chapter 2

This fall, the 5th and 6th grade boys Writing & Literature class I am tutoring will be reading John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress. In preparation for this class, I am re-re-reading the book and constructing a detailed outline for each chapter as I read. The following outline is for Chapter 2 (in the 1991 Tyndale House Edition).

I. Christian Meets Mr. Worldly-wiseman
A. Christian encounters Mr. Worldly-wiseman.

1. Worldly-wiseman was from a town called Carnal-polity (a neighboring town to the City of Destruction, where Christian was from).
2. Worldly-wiseman had heard rumors of Christian.
B. Christian and Worldly-wiseman converse about Christian's burden and the Wicket-gate.
Worldly-wiseman asks Christian about where he is going in his burdened state.
2. Christian replies that he is going to the Wicket-gate to become free of his burden.
3. Worldly-wiseman asks about who told Christian to go to the Wicket-gate.
4. When Christian speaks of Evangelist, Worldly-wiseman becomes indignant and speaks of the dangers and death that face Christian if he continues in the way that Evangelist indicated.
5. Christian replies that he is willing to face any danger to be rid of his burden.
C. Christian and Worldly-wiseman converse about the Book.
Worldly-wiseman accuses Christian of meddling with things beyond his understanding.
2. Worldly-wiseman charges Christian with "mental confusion and obsessive behavior."
D. Worldly-wiseman offers Christian a way to be free of his burden without facing hardships.
At the end of the preceding paragraph, Worldly-wiseman charged Christian with not knowing what he was seeking.
2. Christian responds that he knows what he is seeking: freedom from his heavy burden.
3. Worldly-wiseman tells Christian that he knows a way to be free of his burden that will not involve hardship, but will rather be accompanied by "abundant safety, friendship, and contentment."
4. Christian begs for Worldly-wiseman to tell him about the way he mentions.
5. Worldly-wiseman directs Christian to a Village called Morality, wherein live a man named Legality and his son Civility, and they can help Christian.
6. Worldly-wiseman tells Christian that Morality is located over a high hill.
E. The high hill:
When Christian comes to the high hill, he fears he cannot climb it, especially with the burden on his back.
2. Christian also sees flashes of fire coming out of the hill, which make him afraid.

II. Evangelist Delivers Christian from Error
A. Evangelist asks Christian about what he is doing, and Christian recounts the episode with Mr. Worldly-wiseman.
B. Evangelist warns Christian by quoting Hebrews 12:25; 10:38 and applying these passages to Christian's situation.
C. Christian falls at Evangelist's feet and cries, "Woe is me, for I am ruined!"
D. Evangelist encourages Christian with words from Matthew 12:31 and John 20:27.
E. Evangelist tells Christian about Mr. Worldly-wiseman, and preaches to him about "three things in this man's counsel that you must utterly abhor:"

1. Worldly-wiseman would turn Christian out of the way of Life.
2. Worldly-wiseman would make the Cross seem repulsive to Christian.
3. Worldly-wiseman would set Christian's feet on the path to death.

III. Legality and Civility Also Are Condemned
A. Legality:
Legality is the son of a slave-woman, and is in bondage with his mother and siblings (Gal 4:21-27).
2. Legality is unable to set Christian free from his burden; he has never (nor will he ever) set anyone free from their burden.
3. "You cannot be justified by the works of the law, for by the deeds of the law no person alive will be able to find relief from his burden."
B. Civility is nothing more than a hypocrite and cannot help Christian.
C. Confirmation from heaven:

1. Evangelist calls aloud to Heaven for confirmation of what he has said.
2. Fire comes out of the mountain under which Christian and Evangelist are standing, and a voice speaks the words of Galatians 3:10.

IV. Christian Is Forgiven
A. Christian is ashamed and expects his own death.
B. Christian asks if he may resume his journey to the Wicket-gate, saying, "can I be forgiven?"
C. Evangelist stresses the seriousness of Christian's sin, but tells him that the man at the Gate will receive him.
D. Evangelist tells Christian not to stray again, or he may face destruction.



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